Two weeks ago some low-life, scum of the earth crackhead stole my 1-month old in-dash radio. And I have no one but myself to blame for this.
After being fed up with the ugly stock radio that came with my 2002 TJ, I had decided to "invest" in a top of the line Dual Electronics radio (Radio, CD, bluetooth enabled, with microphone to make and receive calls, remote control, removable faceplate with USB and aux connections.) Bottom line, if you're considering a new radio, I'd highly recommend the DUAL XDA6xxx.
Any way, mine is gone... it's probably resting in some crystal meth dealer's Oldsmobile Cutlass. I swore from this point that i wouldn't replace
One morning on my way to work, while staring at the large gaping hole in my dash, I decided that I didn't need a radio. All I needed was a way for me to stream Pandora from my iPhone to the speakers in the soundbar.
So here's what I did: I wired a bluetooth receiver to an amplifier and hid them behind the dash of the TJ. Then I covered the hole in the dash with a piece of black plastic.
Here's what I needed:
1x marine amplifier (because they're water proof)
1x bluetooth receiver
1x RCA-to-3mm audio connector
Here are the parts i used:
- Marine Amplifier Kinter MA-150 Amplifier from AliExpress $14
- Bluetooth wireless receiver 2.0 A2DP from AliExpress $15
- RCA to 3mm audio cable $6 from radioshack
Now for the wiring which is quite simple:
Connect your jeep's radio wiring harness speaker wires to the wiring harness provided with the amplifier. RF+ & RR+ to R+ , RF- & RR- to R- , LF+ & LR+ to L+, and finally LF- & LR- to L-.
Connect the Amplifier's Power wiring harness to your jeep's Switched battery. I recommend that strongly that you use the Switched Battery power so that you don't drain the battery. Remember that your ignition with serve as the On/Off for your new concealed bluetooth stereo. Connect the Amplifier's ground wire to your jeep's chassis.
Make sure to turn the volume gain on the Amp to the maximum.
Now connect the RCA cable and the USB cable from the Amplifier to the Bluetooth adapter and Voila!
Now time to pretty things up, by zipty-ing things together and hiding the assembly where ever you'd like.
From this point on, you'll have to pair your iPhone or bluetooth enabled phone to your car and play your sweet tunes.
I'll try to take a video and pictures and post them on here as soon as I can.
I hope this helps.